HORR 2018 Results

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Two Queen's crews travelled to London on Sunday to compete in the 2018 Head of the River Race. One of the most prestigious races in the world, on the most famous stretch of water, this was a fantastic chance for the men to compete in a field of Olympians and to get a taste of rowing amongst the best in the world.

The weather was mild and the race conditions were quick, albeit a tad slower than the previous day. With final checks made to the boats and race plans reviewed, it was time for the men to take to the water and put all their training into practice.

First off were the Intermediate 8+, making good use of conditions to move through the pack and place 65th with a time of 19.21. Following them were the Novice 8+, who pushed through a long void to place 169th overall with a time of 20.20. 

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Strong results for both crews and an invaluable experience. Our thanks go to Tideway Sculling School for hosting us for both WEHORR and HORR and our focus now turns to Lagan Head this coming Saturday for a strong finish to the Head season. 

BUCS HORR 2018 Day 2 Round-Up


More good news from Cork as Miles Taylor and Nathan Hull both took 2nd place in the U23 Lightweight 2X and the U23 2X respectively.

Back on Tyneside, race conditions had deteriorated somewhat and the remaining races were shortened to 3km. The Intermediate Men's 8+ got the afternoon's racing underway, along with a crew of Novice men, taking the opportunity to come up against a higher quality of competition. The Novices embraced the wilder conditions to post a time of 9.35.7, coming 37th out of a field of more than 80 Intermediate crews. A sign of how far they've come since taking up the sport in September. 

Emily Sampson-Barnes doing what Emily Sampson-Barnes does

Emily Sampson-Barnes doing what Emily Sampson-Barnes does

The Intermediate men came 10th with a time of 8.37.7, which would have seen them come 7th in the Championship category. A sign of how the standard of Intermediate rowing continues to rise year on year across UK Universities. 

After some thankfully unfounded fears of the remaining races being cancelled, the final two crews to race set off up the course. By this stage the Tyne had become more of a gauntlet than a race course. Rough water and powerful flow made for the most testing conditions of the weekend. 

Women's Championship Lightweight 4-

Women's Championship Lightweight 4-

The Women's Championship Lightweight 4- were first to race. With a time of 10.12.1, the came 5th, a fantastic result in gruelling conditions. Finally, the Women's Intermediate 4+ were the last Queen's crew to race. Battling down the course, they came 4th with a time of 10.33.1, a gut-wrenching 1.5 seconds off the bronze medal position. An agonisingly difficult result to take but an exceptionally good row, and in time, no doubt a powerful source of inspiration for the rest of their season.

Women's Intermediate 4+

Women's Intermediate 4+

And so ended the weekend's racing. Boats were broken, trailers were packed and the club set off back to Belfast with much to celebrate. With 15 crews entered, 12 finished in the top 10, 9 finished in the top 5, and 4 won medals. This was a remarkably strong performance from the club as it continues it's resurgence, something that hasn't gone unnoticed across the water, with plenty offering congratulations and expressing delight at Queen's being back competing amongst the top rowing Universities of the UK.




Queen's win 4 pots at Irish Champs 2011


At the 2011 IARU Rowing Championships at Inniscara Lake, Cork, the Queen's boat clubs recorded 4 victory pots, with 7 second places.

The Men's Senior 2- was the first Queen's crew since 1979 to win a men's Senior sweep event at the Irish Champs. The Men's Inter 8+ recovered from a disappointing row in the Men's 4+ the previous day, and won the Intermediate title, last won by Queen's in 2009. Another Queen's 2-, this time the Men's Intermediate 2-, were victorious on the final day of the championships, as well as the Queen's Women's Intermediate 8+.

Full Queen's results available online.

Irish Rowing Championships 2010

Back Row: Andy Wells (Ladies Coach), Laura Mills, Hannah Addley, Hannah McGrath, Hannah Lavery, Alexandra Greene and Rob Edmondson (Ladies Head Coach)
Front Row: Claire Mcilwaine, Ellen Thompson (cox), Laura Coll and Katie Keaney.

Queen's ladies take sweep novice titles!

Last weekend, Queen's Rowing took part in the climactic event of the Regatta season, the Irish Rowing Championships 2010, at the National Rowing Centre in Farran Wood, Cork. The new format of the Irish regatta season condensed this year’s championship to a two day event, consisting of no fewer than four-seated boat classes, along with Junior sculls. Queen's fielded nine crews in all, with each crew member hopeful of claiming a coveted Irish Pot.

On Friday, Queen's started proceedings with the Men’s senior 4- semi-final. Queen's finished second to St. Michael’s Rowing Club in their four-boat semi-final, earning them a final spot. In the final, Queen's finished fifth. NUIG took first, after rowing through UCD’s Prince Albert Challenge Cup winning crew in the closing stretch. This was an early indicator that NUIG were not going to give up their eight’s crown easily.

The novice men's eight was next to race. The crew finished last in a four boat semi-final, two lengths of qualification pace and unfortunately missed out on a final spot. The crew showed enthusiasm throughout regatta season and now have an appreciation of the standard required to win at Irish championships. With this in mind, the guys can now approach next season with professionalism and greater determination from the outset.

The novice ladies' eight was next to row in a straight final. The crew entered the championships with great confidence, having won Irish and British University Championships during the season. The crew also had a fantastic row at Henley, despite meeting the eventual winners in the first round. This gave the ladies invaluable race experience, with which to approach the Irish Championships.

After a faltered start, the Queen's ladies began to lay down the power with each and every stroke. As they did so, the crew inched their way through the field and passed St. Michael's in the first thousand. The crew then pulled away into a commanding position, leaving them to respond to anything the St. Michael's crew had to offer. In the closing straights the Queen's ladies had clear water and pushed on to the line, receiving no challenge. The ladies took the win in a time of 6:41.3, exactly 5 seconds over second placed St. Michaels. This was the first Queen’s ladies Irish Championship winning eight since 2000, when the novice ladies achieved the same feat.

On Saturday, Queen's men's novice fours started the day off. QUB B failed to get through their quarter-final, and the A crew progressed in first position. In a tight semi-final, Queens A were narrowly pipped by Skibbereen RC and Workmens RC, with only 0.35 seconds denying them a place in the final. This was a disappointing end to the crew’s championship, after showing such promise throughout the year.

The men's senior eights was the next event up. In typical fashion, no previous meetings had taken place between many of the competing crews. A composite of OC and Commercial was thrown into the mix and Queen's had not met NUIG or Muckross at any domestic regattas. Any comparisons were purely based on each crews results throughout the year, the age-old meaningless references from which the rowing community base their predictions. Liam Gorman of the Irish Times pitched Queen’s as favourites, for the rest of the field this made Queen’s their target. Both Queen’s crews drew the same semi-final, with three to go through in a four-boat race. Queen's A finished first and Queen's B third behind the Commercial/OC composite. It was on to the final.

In lane order, Queen's B, NUIG, Queen's A, Muckross and the Commercial/OC composite. Out of the blocks, Muckross went storming, seizing an early advantage. The rest of the field chased on hard. Through 1000m, Queen's and Muckross dead level! At this stage two old familiars began to pull away, Queens and NUIG. Queen's maintained a narrow lead on the NUIG crew. As the crews swept past the spectating area, Queen's lead was being narrowed by NUIG who fought back hard. The crews then pulled level and both bow-balls danced, the lead changing on each stroke. The hooter went! In an exact replica of last year's championship, these two crews had stormed the field with no clue to who had taken it on the line. The crowd debated awaiting a verdict, the finish judges analysed the photo-finish, the crews rowed back to the slipways.

The announcement came, NUIG by a gut-wrenching three feet (0.13 of a second)!

Stark contrast swept the faces of both crews, for one elation, for Queen's heart break. Both crews had produced a fantastic spectacle but this was no consolation to any Queen's man. Either crew was a deserved winner but this year NUIG defended their title through a stunning row. This goes to prove that Irish Senior Eight Championships don't come easy!

The ladies' novice four was the closing race for Queen's Irish Championships. The ladies' cruised through their semi-final to gain a centre lane for the final. Four of the ladies had experienced victory on Friday in the eights. They were now intent on repeating their success in the final of the fours event. The ladies powered out off the blocks and no one would match their tenacity. The four pulled away from the field, gaining clear water by the line and earning themselves an Irish Championship. The crew won in a time of 7:35.9, over 4 seconds ahead of second placed St. Michaels. The novice ladies truly were Queen's success story of the championships, and the fours win let Queen's Rowing exit on a high. The girls will now make the step up to intermediate for next season, which should prove an exciting challenge for both them and their coaching team.

Women's Novice 4+, Irish Champions 2010.
left to right: Rob Edmondson (Ladies Head Coach), Claire Mcilwaine, Hannah McGrath, Laura Mills, Alexandra Greene, Victoria Mulholland (cox), Dr. Stuart Kelly (Ladies Coach) and Mark Fangen-Hall (Queen's Head Coach).

And so ends one of the most exciting seasons in Queen's history. The men and women's squads achieved one of Queen's biggest pulls in recent years. The focus now shifts to next year's recruitment so that many more students can experience the exhilarating sport of rowing, just as this fine squad has done. Queen's Rowing would like to thank all the rowers, coaches, alumni and supporters who have collectively made the 2009-2010 season one to remember for many years.

Queen's Rowing update 14/6/2010

Queen’s rowing has tackled many obstacles over the past month. The rowers have juggled exams and training; select Lady Victorians tirelessly worked on the Boat Race, and the coaches spent countless hours refining their crews.

International Wedau Regatta, 14-16 May 2010.

Queen’s senior men’s eight, along with sculler Colin Williamson, set off to Duisburg, Germany, to experience top-flight European competition. On day one, Queen’s senior eight lined up against the current U23 World Champions, Poland, the U23 French Eights, and Eton College. This was an amazing opportunity for the crew to test their boat speed against seasoned internationals. In an inspired row, the Queen’s men fought hard to finish third, in a time of 6:17.01, keeping contact with the winning Polish crew.

Day two, Queen’s had the honour of lining up against the current German senior men’s squad. This affair proved a valuable lesson to the crew in world-class rowing and genetics as the German crews dominated the field. Colin Williamson raced well in his final finishing third, just 7 seconds behind the winning sculler, in a field of experienced heavyweights.

Queen's Men (top picture) cross the line, third in Saturday's Final.

Remada Hotel Shaw’s Bridge Boat Race, 5 June 2010.

In its seventh year, the 2010 Queen’s - Trinity Boat Race proved a fantastic affair. Honours were split down the middle with Trinity taking two wins (Senior Ladies and Fresher Men) and Queen’s two wins (Senior Men and Fresher Women).

The fresher women continued their fantastic season, winning by a comfortable 4 lengths lead. The fresher men’s race was undoubtedly the most exciting race of the day, with both crews neck and neck the whole way. Trinity men managed to fend off Queen’s in the closing straight, winning by three-quarters of a length. The senior ladies' race was a win for Trinity of two and a half lengths. The closing senior men’s race was a clear win for Queen’s who led from the start. The win closed the gap to 4-3 in Trinity’s favour. Queen’s men aim to level the series next year.

True to form, the occasion was well enjoyed by everyone involved, competing and spectating. Many old friendships were revisited and many new ones formed. Queen’s rowing would like to thank Trinity for their continued involvement, Lord Diljit Rana for his sponsorship of the event, and Dave Russell and Claire Brown for their tremendous efforts in organising the event.

Queen's senior men celebrate their boat race victory.

Blues Awards Dinner, 10 June 2010.

Last week, Queen’s rowers attended the annual Queen’s Blues Awards Presentation Dinner. Last year’s victorious Irish Rowing Championship crews attended, receiving half blues for their efforts in the 2008/2009 rowing season.

Queen's rowers attend Blues Dinner.

With the crews now finished with examinations, the focus turns to Henley Women’s Regatta (18-20 June) and Henley Royal Regatta (30 June – 4 July). In the run up to Henley, Queen’s men are racing at Marlow (19-20 June), to gauge the present competition in England. In their preparations, we wish all the crews the very best of luck, and offer our continued support throughout. Irish Championships are just over the horizon also, where Queens will hope to finish out the season on a high.

BUCS Regatta 2010

Six Golds, One Silver and One Bronze!

Over the bank holiday weekend, Queen’s Rowing were doing anything but resting, as they competed in the British University Rowing Championships in Nottingham.

On Saturday it was the turn of the big boats and Queen’s men were truly dominant. Two Queen’s crews competed in Championship and Intermediate eights. The intermediate eight won in both their heat and semi-final to progress to the final. The championship eight progressed to the final in a similar manner. The finals were run one after another, at the close of the days racing. The intermediate eight powered out of the blocks, with them and Oxford Brookes taking lengths out of the six-strong field. Queen’s battled hard, producing a one-length lead over Oxford by the finish, taking the gold medal in a time of 5:58.22.

Celebrations were short lived, as the Championship eights final started immediately after. By now crowds of spectators were screaming support at the approaching crews. In a much tighter field, Queens had gained the advantage by the halfway point. In the closing thousand metre stretch, Queens found second wind, powering away from Oxford Brookes and Durham Universities. The Belfast crew crossed the line in Gold medal position, over 2 seconds ahead of second placed Oxford. The crew finished in a time of 5:44.52. An ecstatic scene then followed as both winning Belfast crews celebrated, elated by their performances. This was a landmark day for the Queens men, adding British University Champions to their mirrored success at the recent Irish University Championship.

The women’s intermediate pair and men’s championship sculler (Williamson) both reached their respective finals. The women finished 5th as did Williamson, after facing tough opposition.

On Sunday, it was the turn of small boats and the Queens ladies. The Queens ladies’ beginner four won the gold medal, beating off second placed Cardiff by a staggering 11 second margin, finishing in a time of 7:51.94. The men’s intermediate four picked up where they left on Saturday, taking gold in their final, beating Imperial College London by just 2 seconds in a time of 6:45.09. A light-weight pair of Damian Hannon and Jonathan Mitchell also made their final. The pair won silver, being beaten only by an International pairing of Imperial College, who represented Great Britain in the U23 World Championships. The margin of under 2 seconds emphasises the potential of this new pairing.

An exciting first two days, left the majority of the Queen’s rowers to watch and support the remaining three entries, the women’s intermediate four, the women’s beginner eight and men’s championship quad. The women’s intermediate four continued Queens form, winning their heat, then narrowly finishing third in the semi. In their final the intermediate four stepped up their performance. In a fine row, the ladies pushed themselves into bronze medal position ahead of Durham, in a time of 7:54:41. Cambridge took a convincing gold, 6 seconds ahead of the Queen’s ladies.

The ladies’ beginner eight rode confidently into the last day, with the success of Sunday’s fours gold still fresh in their mind. The eight breezed through their heat, not being challenged by the field. In their semi they posted the fastest time of both the semi-finals, an impressive 7:28:70. Had the ladies overdone it? The final could only tell. True to form the ladies dominated in the beginners final. They put down an epic row, winning the final by a clear 6 seconds over Cardiff, and marginally beating their semi-final time. The ladies finished in a time of 7:27:66 and took gold in their maiden BUCS championship.

The experimental men’s quad had looked promising at Queens Regatta recently. Now it was time to see how good they actually were against seasoned competition. The quad narrowly won their heat over Newcastle, seeing them through to the final. In the closing event of the Championship, the quad sealed Queen’s men’s performance at BUCS with an inspiring row. The quad pulled away from Newcastle and Durham in the home stretch, gaining clear water on Newcastle and winning gold in a time of 6:12:93. This gave Queen’s a total haul of six golds, one silver and one bronze in the championship.

An exciting squad of athletes has developed in the Queen’s camp, making the prospect reaching the finals of Henley, seem an increasingly realistic objective for the Queens men. The novice ladies continue their fine form, and to date have repeated the success of last year’s novice men. The next stop for Queen’s senior men is the International Wedau-Regatta, Duisburg, Germany on the 14-16 May. This will give Queen’s men a run against German Internationals, providing invaluable experience before Henley.

Irish University Championships 2010

Queen's intermediate 2x arriving to the slip.

Novice ladies and senior men continue good form!

On Saturday 10th April, Queen’s journeyed south to compete in the university championships regatta in Inniscarra. Queen’s entered with hopes of retaining the Wylie cup and battling for the overall championship.

The days racing got off to a good start for Queen’s, with the ladies novice crew narrowly winning their straight final over UCD. The two battled right to the line with Queen’s gaining the upper hand in the finishing stretch to earn them the title of Irish University Champions at novice level.

The men’s novice eight were next to race, finishing second in their heat to UCD A. In the final the results repeated themselves for UCD who finished first after a convincing performance, with Queen’s managing fourth place behind Trinity and UCB B respectively. In the novice fours, both men and women emulated their eights performances, with the women finishing first and the men fourth place.

The intermediate men had disappointing performances in their sweep races. UCD performed strongly in the inter eight final outclassing opposition, taking the win and wrapping up the Wylie Cup. The Queen’s eight finished last in a four boat race. This outlines the focus required at this level if Queen’s are to perform later in the season. The intermediate fours put in stronger performances, finishing second and fourth in their final, with DUBC taking the win. The men's intermediate double won their final, beating the likes of UCC and DUBC. The women’s inter four won their final, however a disappointing entry of only two boats tarnished this win somewhat.

It was up to the senior men to restore some Queen’s pride. In both the senior fours and eights finals, the men did just that. Queen’s men won both titles, with crews finishing first and third in each final. Despite this, UCD were testing opposition at senior level, not handing Queen’s the win by any stretch.

The first test of the short course has provided a mixed bag, proving there is much ground still to be covered. It has also exposed the lack of depth of the men’s club below senior level. UCD were the stand out club of the championship, with men and women's clubs showing great depth throughout all levels and boat classes. Such is UCD’s depth, that they won the Wylie Cup, the Bank of Ireland Cup and the overall championship. This is a credit to the Dublin club and the work that has gone into developing athletes across the board.

With the regatta season in its infancy, its back to the drawing board for Queen’s rowing in preparation for Queen’s regatta on the 24th of April, Castlewellan. Hope to see you all there.


HORR 2010

Queen's I push off Hammersmith Bridge
(Photograph courtesy of Nigel Coburn)

Saturday saw crowds gather, crews take to the water and supporters cheer for the Head of the River Race 2010. 388 crews in all participated in the punishing 6.8km stretch from Mortlake to Putney, on the river Thames.

Queen's men entered with high expectations of bettering last year's performances of 17th and 80th.

Conditions on the day were average, after an initial few minutes of rain when racing commenced at 13:15.

The top crew performed well in their challenge against Goldie on Thursday, successfully beating Goldie in both pieces raced (Keith Wilson’s detailed account). This ensured them they had good boat speed, having received little competition in the competitive season to date.

On race day, the two crews launched from St. Paul's looking relaxed, yet fixated on their goal. At 13:15 crews were set off at 10 second intervals, with last year's winners, Tideway Scullers, leading the field. The top crew went off in hot pursuit of crew 15, Crefelder RC , Germany. By Hammersmith bridge Queen's had taken Crefelder and were pushing on hard.

The second eight achieved the same feat, overtaking one crew by Hammersmith, in the shape of Henley II.

Both crews pushed-on relentlessly to Putney. By the finish, the top eight had made significant ground on crew 14, Real CN de Vigo. The second eight managed to pass crews 80 and 79 (UCL I and Cambridge ’99 I) by the line, with a boost from the top crew who roared support on their return to St Paul's. This was an indicator that perhaps each had gained positions, but only an indicator.

The crews patiently awaited whilst provisional results were relayed via phone. The top crew finished 9th in a time of 17:49.07, making the top ten and providing Queen's with a record finish in HORR. This put them under 28 seconds behind winners Molesey I and an agonising 4.56 seconds behind the top university Oxford Brookes, who took the Bernard Churcher Trophy. The crew were quite unmoved by the result though, drawing both positives and negatives from the row in the ‘kaizen-like’ manner they conduct themselves in this season.

The second crew finished 32nd overall, in a time of 18:18.15. They narrowly beat Oxford Brookes II by 0.35 seconds, making them the fastest finishing university second eight of the day. They finished under 30 seconds behind the top eight, signalling their improvement since Erne Head.

The weekends result was extremely encouraging for Queen's, outlining the depth of this year's senior squad. However, Queen's must now wipe the slate clean as regatta season starts with immediate effect.

University Championships Regatta takes place in Cork, April 10th and will be the primary focus of participating universities over the next fortnight. Queen’s aim to retain the Wylie Cup and put their small boats training into good practise for the overall championship. The women hope to challenge for the Bank of Ireland Cup off the back of successful results to date.

Hope to see you all there.


Dublin HOR 2010

Last Saturday three Queen's crews competed in Dublin, two ladies and one men's crew. The men entered the novice eight, whilst the ladies entered a novice and intermediate eight.

The women's intermediate eight put in a strong performance, winning their category in a time of 15:27.7, almost 7 seconds ahead of DULBC. The women's novice eight raced against novice and junior opposition finishing third in a time of 17:02.5, almost 58 seconds behind winners UCD. The novice crew must harness their potential through improved technique if they are to be successful come regatta season. 

The novice men, like the novice ladies, finshed third in their category in a time of 14:38.3. This left them 50 seconds behind winners UCD and 41 seconds behind second placed Trinity. A more concerted effort is required if they are to compete with these two crews on the short course.

Winners of the head were UCD men's senior eight who beat Commercial into second, finishing in a time of 12:46.5. This placed them 6.6 seconds ahead of Commercial. This gives Queen's good insight for this weekend's HORR were both crews will be up against Queen's.

Erne HOR 2010

Men's Senior VIII Winners, Killyhevlin Straight

On Saturday crews gathered to take on the gruelling 7k Erne Head course. Conditions on the day were calm, with crews having to battle only a light head-wind. The 53rd Head had 10 fewer boats competing compared to last year, with the notable absence of UCD and NUIG men. Despite this, a great days racing ensued with very aggressive tactics from the off-set.

Queen’s men’s senior VIII led the field and gained exactly one minute over second placed Queen’s ‘B’ crew. The ‘A’ crew won in a time of 20:19. This was the first Queen’s one-two in many years, and the second on the trot for the club. The novice men’s VIII won their category convincingly, although they were presented with little competition as Carlow finished almost 4 minutes behind. The novices will face stiffer competition in Dublin next week, so they must build on this performance. Bann men’s junior 18 VIII were once again a stand-out crew, finishing fifth overall, beating Neptune and DUBC intermediate eights in a time of 21:38.

The novice ladies continued their form with a solid row to win their category in a time of 25:05. This time equalled that of NUIG senior ladies, a good measure of their performance. However, Portora women’s junior 18 were the fastest ladies crew of the day, beating the novice ladies by 3 seconds on home-water. The ladies ‘B’ crew finished in a time of 28:17.

The Queen’s crews’ thoughts are still with Donall Murphy’s family and we hope Saturday’s performance will pay small tribute to all that Donall gave the club; a Queen’s man through and through.

Queen’s novices will take part in Dublin HOR (20TH March). The men’s senior crews will now aim towards HORR with 400 eights taking to the water on March 27th. Queen’s A start 16th in the order, with Queen’s B starting 82nd. Queen’s hope to build on last year’s performance but will face tough opposition in the shape of Durham, Imperial, Oxford Brookes, Reading and the like. Hope to see you all there.

Erne HOR

Men's Senior B VIII, Killyhevlin Straight

Ladies Novice VIII Winners, Killyhevlin Straight

Ladies Novice B VIII, Killyhevlin Straight